DOWNEY - Newscaster Sean Murphy from NBC4's "Today in LA" did live interviews of Warren High School students at the Columbia Memorial Space Center last Friday in between the morning traffic and weather broadcasts.Downey residents turned out in force to welcome Murphy at 4:30 a.m. when they heard that Channel 4 wanted to feature the space center during the hours of the morning commute. In between traffic and weather reports, staff and students guided Murphy from the simulated Mission Control Center, to the Marscape with simulated rovers, and through the Robotics Lab. The feature culminated with the launch of rockets designed and made by the students. Students are members of the Robotics Club, and most are also in the aerospace engineering program. Scott Pomrehn, executive director of the space center, said the facility was contacted by the TV station after an article appeared in the recent Westways magazine published by the Auto Club of Southern California. The Columbia Memorial Space Center is now part of the AAA discount program.
********** Published: May 17, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 05